The local non-profit augments successful summer jazz series with one kicking off soon at The Chelsea in Atlantic City
Soon one of the hottest spots in Atlantic City will get even hotter.
The newly opened, retro-styled Chelsea hotel will become the home of a new weekly jazz series in town, which, as it would appear, is the perfect match with the series' open-minded slate of performances ("There'll be spoken word; we're really looking for spoken word," Henreitta Shelton, founder and head of the non-profit Historical Chicken Bone Beach Foundation) and the Chelsea's hip and funky 5th Floor area.
The Foundation will present the new weekly thursday-night jazz series - dubbed "The Jazz Corner" — with the Malkio Entertainment Group; the series will be held at the Chelsea’s 5th Floor club through February 25.
Each evening will begin at 9pm with the following program, according to Shelton:
9:00PM to 10:00PM: Jazz
10:00PM to 10:30PM: spoken word
10:30PM to 11:30PM: jazz
11:30PM to midnight: spoken word
midnight to 1AM: Jam Session open to all
The first show in the series will start 9pm on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The Foundation runs a very popular free jazz concert series in the Boardwalk each summer, which has brought international legends such as Houston Person, Greg Osby and Ramsey Lewis, and acclaimed local talents to the Boardwalk stage (now at Kennedy Plaza), for a decade — right in the midst of the summer excitment.
But it's not been an easy ride for Shelton, who almost had to give up on the series because of lack of financial support. Several times she has to use her own American Express in order to keep the treasured series afloat.
The major hurdle for Shelton came in 2004, when the CRDA announced it would cut funding to programs like Shelton's in the city, and eliminate it altogether in 2005. When that happened last year, Shelton lost $35,000 from her budget.
Shelton has been excited about a winter series for months and had been in talks for a while with different area venues to host the series.
"The Chelsea was the [right] place," says Shelton.
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Most students attending PAS have come from New Jersey Avenue School, one of the oldest in the city, which needed far too many repairs and had become a dark and dismal place for children and teachers alike.
Last Thursday, April 5, Henrietta Shelton and the Chicken Bone Beach Foundation opened their spring jazz series at Top of the Trop in the Tropicana Casino. With a room full of supporters, Mayor Lorenzo Langford was on deck to present Henrietta with a proclamation from the City of Atlantic City for service to the community by way of preserving family values, developing community engagement and promoting an appreciation of America’s classical music — jazz.
"I hope my daughter will be introduced to a different type of music. She usually plays rock and R&B. I've always tried to keep my daughters busy with something constructive during the summer, no sitting around on your butt watching TV for months."
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